House of Reps set up committee on dead frontline health workers

House of Reps set up committee on dead frontline health workers

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House of Reps set up committee on dead frontline health workers
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House of Reps set up committee on dead frontline health workers

House of Reps set up committee on dead frontline health workers

A committee to interface with families of health workers who died in the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic has been set up by the House of Representatives to enable them receive financial benefits.

The house disclosed that it will take care of all pending issues relating to the welfare and payment of health workers in the country.

Dr Tanko Sununu, the chairman, House of Committee on Health Services made this known during a courtesy visit to the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria in Abuja.

The National President of MHWUN, Josiah Biobelemoye, at the event, urged the legislative and executive arms of government to make a priority, the needs of healthcare workers.

He also warned that delaying the payment of deferred and adjusted salaries was “a ticking time bomb.”

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Sununu said that the National Assembly was still reviewing the manner of compensation that would be made available to the affected families. He said,

“We are not unmindful of our health workers in the frontline who paid the ultimate price.

This is why we are working out a plan to compensate their families.

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A committee has been set up. We will call for a public hearing where the strategy and method to be used in disbursing the compensations will be agreed on.

The families of the deceased will be located and we must ensure the money reaches them.

Our aim is to ensure there is no disharmony in the health sector.
We are reaching out to major stakeholders and negotiating their demands to ensure healthcare workers continue with their work with no hitches or grievances.”

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